Course Description

RISD CE introductory illustration course

Illustration by Grace Saadi

From Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to Audubon's naturalist watercolors, to Mike Mignola's Hellboy creation, illustration encompasses many approaches to making pictures tell stories. This course introduces the fascinating relationship between image and text, and investigates the multifaceted process of interpreting and translating words into pictures. Projects are designed to ignite the imagination, and to help students gain skills and gather information they need to begin illustrating. Students are able to tailor projects to their specific interests and work at their own pace. Considerations of composition, medium, personal style and ways to draw and hold viewers' attention are part of the discussion and examples are given. Additionally, the business side of illustration, including the art of marketing and pitching your work to publishing houses, is addressed. Some drawing experience is recommended.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate. 


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $475.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. 

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store. 

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